Named Scholarships

When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be the funds to do so.

For this reason, The University of Akron is pleased for the opportunity each year to assist talented, deserving students achieve their dreams, thanks to more than 1,300 Named Scholarships established through the kindness and generosity of thousands of UA alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations.

Scholarships truly are the best way to ensure that today’s students persist to graduation. Scholarships allow students to enroll full time and remain focused on their studies; they also reduce drop-out rates, decrease the stress of student loans, and shorten the road to graduation.

The need for scholarships grows each year, however, as students continue to face an increased financial burden in pursuit of a college degree. In fact, 94 percent of today’s baccalaureate students borrow to pay for college – versus just 45 percent in 1993. And across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2013 was $35,200.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider establishing a scholarship at The University of Akron. Scholarships can be created to honor a living person, in memory of a loved one, or to contribute to the growth of an area of study. To learn more, please contact Christine Curry in the Department of Development at 330-972-8614 or

Please note: All scholarships are distributed through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Students interested in applying for a scholarship may visit the Financial Aid webpage, call 330-972-7032, or e-mail The Department of Development does not accept applications for or distribute scholarships.

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Williamson, David and Mary Kathryn Rose Endowed Scholarship in the School of Music

The David and Mary Kathryn Rose Williamson Endowed Scholarship in the School of Music was established in their memory by their son and daughter-in-law, David and Brenda Perrott Williamson.

The Williamsons were lifelong Akron residents. Mary Kathryn Rose Williamson graduated from West High School and studied engineering at The University of Akron. David Williamson graduated from North High School and worked at Goodyear Aerospace. However, his passion was music; he played the violin, the saxophone, and clarinet. He played for the Akron Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Denny Thompson Orchestra, the Harold Nelson Band, and the Akron String Quartet. He also taught violin and played in many university orchestras. Mary Kathryn was his constant companion at all of his musical venues.

The David and Mary Kathryn Rose Williamson Endowed Scholarship in the School of Music will be awarded to a violin student. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and will be selected by the School of Music in conjunction with Student Financial Aid.

Note for students interested in applying for a scholarship: The Department of Development at The University of Akron does not accept applications for, or distribute, scholarships.

For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit UA's Office of Student Financial Aid page. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at 330-972-7032 or email them at


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